How Actress Lily Collins Uses Her Tattoos for Motivation
The actress dishes about her relationship with her body and food, her inspirational tattoos, and new book 'Unfiltered.'
Actress Lily Collins, 27, is a Golden Globe nominee for the movie Rules Don't Apply and the author of Unfiltered, her debut essay collection that opens a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and more (out on March 7th). It's especially relevant following the release of the film To The Bone, where Collins stars a girl battling anorexia, as well as her recent announcement that she too struggled with eating disorders as a teen. (And she's not the only celeb to do so.) Here, she gets real about her body philosophy and biggest passions, from tattoos to taking over the oven.
On Her Body-Love Mindset
"I've Learned to listen to my body. If I'm hungry, I eat. If I want to be active, I go for a run or a hike. If I'm tired, I don't push myself. I've realized that what makes me happy and fullled is not about how I look but about being proud of what I've accomplished."
On Her Daily Sweat Habit
"Working out gives me a confidence high. I like to sweat a little bit every day. I take dance classes or do strength training or ballet barre. Or I go for a run or a hike. My favorite part of a workout is when I don't think I can do something, but I push myself to the limit and do it, and then I feel so much stronger than I did before.
On Getting Inked for Inspiration
"My motivation? Tattoos. Every one of them-I have five- tells me something really important. The one on my foot says, 'The nature of this flower is to bloom,' and every time I walk or run, I look down at it, and I'm reminded that we're sup- posed to grow and be tested and challenged. My tattoos are the inspiration that helps me move forward." (And, actually, tattoos might literally help make you stronger.)
On Her Relationship with Food
"Food has become a friend, not the enemy. I used to be the girl who was afraid of her kitchen. Then I started baking and putting energy and love into everything I made, and I was superproud of what I created. Today I view food as fuel for my body to do amazing things and as complete enjoyment and fulfillment."